33o BYZANTINE CHURCHES CHAP.
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Good Friend ! However many dead applauses (celebrities)
One may collect here5
The entombed Tornikes, who was thrice a foremost man or Grand
Will put them to shame as a lion will put to shame mimicking apes* He who was by birth of royal blood, Presented also a manner of life conformed to that descent. For what form of virtue did he not possess Such as the fitting occasion demanded each ? Therefore he was a councillor before the usual age5 And a popular leader and an acute judge, And upon enemies he breathed a strategic flame (such as military
rules required), And was an irresistible thunderbolt upon their serried ranks.